To ensure that no dolphin escapes our sights the team splits in two; one half scanning the sea and the other half resting their eyes. After one hour the duties are switched and the second group eagerly begin searching. The rolling waves eventually eased, making it easier to find dolphins but unfortunately none appeared. The teams switched duties twice more as we sailed up and down the small stretch of coast. Finally after 4 hours we returned to port unsuccessful.
Searching for elusive marine animals can be time consuming and unrewarding, but it is important to remember why we do it. Gathering data about where the dolphins are not still reveals information about the population’s movements and behaviour. Locals often respond with surprise when they hear that dolphins live in the coastal waters of Montenegro, but we know they are here. So Montenegro Dolphin Project team will continue to spend our time surveying the sea and educating the public about ocean conservation.